- Become a skilled tradesperson in a role in high demand
- Lots of different options in terms of your work environment and specialism
- Progress to manage a team or become your own boss
As an electrician you could work in range of areas, from bringing power to people's homes to big engineering projects. You may also work with renewable technology, like wind turbines, 'smart' heating systems and solar power.
Your work will depend on the type of electrician you are.
- Install power systems, lighting, fire protection, security and data-network systems in all types of buildings
- Check systems to make sure they're working efficiently and safely
Electrotechnical panel builder:
- Make and install control panels to operate the electrical systems inside buildings
Machine repair and rewind electrician:
- Fix and maintain electrical motors and transformers
Highway systems electrician:
- Install and maintain street lighting and traffic management systems
You may work shifts, or be on call and you may have to travel between jobs and work away from home. You may have to work around other trades and work in all weathers, in cramped spaces, or at height.
This role requires practical skills, the ability to follow technical drawings, building plans and wiring diagrams, the ability to work carefully, methodically and safely, planning and organisational skills and problem-solving skills.
You can take a Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation, which may help you to find a trainee position with a company or alternatively you can do an installation electrician advanced apprenticeship.
You may be able to move into electrical installation work if you've got experience and relevant qualifications from a related industry, for example building services or electrical engineering.
You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
With experience, you could move into design engineering, site or project management, consultancy work or training. You could also set up your own business.